TOLEDO (WTOL) - The United Way of Greater Toledo is stepping up efforts to help local families impacted by the shutdown. The organization is urging people to call its 211 hotline to get connected with community-wide assistance.

They are also beginning to work with local labor groups and local governments to see how they can help federal employees.

"Many of those families are dipping into savings or tightening their belts, but a lot of federal workers like those in our community are living paycheck to paycheck,” Jill Bunge with the United Way of Greater Toledo said.

They anticipate the impact of the shutdown to go much further than just federal employees.

"In addition to federal employees and their families, we also know that low income families that rely on housing and food assistance are also going to be in jeopardy in the next few months,” Bunge said.

Bunge said the best way for people to get ahold of the assistance they need, is to call 211.

“That’s a free, 24-hour a day confidential phone line that you can get connected with any health and human services in our community through our funded partners,” Bunge said.

They anticipate more resources to be available in the coming weeks.